#JusticeForMartese Another Hashtag


I don’t know about you guys, but I’m tired of the Black men and women in our community becoming hashtags. I’m reaaaally sick of us having to scream justice for Mike, justice for Trayvon, justice for Tamir, justice for Marissa every time we turn around. We need a break. I’m tired.

This week in violent crimes against Black people by “authority figures” is Martese Johnson. Martese, a UVA student, and outgoing Honor Committee vice-chair for community relations as well as a member of the Black Student Alliance executive board, and the Black Greek letter organization Kappa Alpha Psi, was brutalized and arrested by an ABC officer for allegedly using a fake ID. It’s now been found that Johnson was using his ACTUAL ID when he was attacked.

Johnson’s roommate, Joshua Kinlaw had this to say to ABC News:

“There is nothing he could’ve said or done that could provoke an officer of the law to assault him in such a manner.”



In response to the incident, the governor’s office released this statement:

“Governor McAuliffe is concerned by the reports of this incident and has asked the Secretary of Public Safety to initiate an independent Virginia State Police investigation into the use of force in this matter,” a statement said. “The governor’s office has been in contact with University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan and local law enforcement and will continue to monitor this situation closely as the investigation proceeds.”

Students at UVA are not happy about what happened to Johnson…as they shouldn’t be. Many of them have taken to the streets, common areas, and football stadiums to protest.



Johnson was charged with public swearing/intoxication and obstructing justice, according to court records. He was treated for his injuries at a hospital and released.

Hey guys, do you think that maybe Johnson was swearing and “obstructing justice” because he was pinned to the ground and gushing blood for no apparent reason? Why is it that our anger after being bullied, assaulted and battered by police officers, security guards, and ABC officers always translates into resisting arrest, or being violent or difficult?

When people are HARASSED they don’t take to kindly to that. Period. And it seems to me that Black men and women get harassed more than any group of people in this country. It’s unacceptable.

There is only ONE good thing about this Martese Johnson situation, and that is the fact that his hashtag does not mean he is DEAD. He is alive and well to tell his side of the story. This time, a hashtag means that he lives to fight another day. He lives to carry out justice.


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